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Teaching research methods at the graduate level utilizing flipped classroom approach; An action research study
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CitationAlaboudi, M. (2019). Teaching research methods at the graduate level utilizing flipped classroom approach: An action research study. International Conference on Higher Education, London, UK, 23-24 May 2019.
This paper discusses a research project carried out with 12 first-year graduate students enrolled in research methods course prior to undertaking a graduate thesis during the academic year 2019. The research was designed for the objective of creating research methods course structure that embraces an individualized and activity-based approach to learning in a highly engaging group environment. This approach targeted innovating the traditional research methods lecture-based, theoretical format where students reported less engagement and limited learning. This study utilized action research methodology in developing a different approach to research methods course instruction where student performance indicators and feedback were periodically collected to assess the new teaching method. Student learning was achieved through utilizing the flipped classroom approach where students learned the material at home and classroom activities were designed to implement and experiment with the newly acquired information, with the guidance of the course instructor. Results of this study indicate a significant increase in students reporting feeling more engaged with the active learning experience and learning research by “actually doing research, not just reading about it.